All Breved up

Saturday 9 March 2002

By DAVID FACEY in Saturday's Sun

RUFUS BREVETT still cannot help laughing at the piece of high-powered salesmanship Kevin Keegan used to lure him to Fulham.

Keegan was eager to sign QPR's long-serving left-back and knew he would be reluctant to drop down to play for their Second Division neighbours.

Brevett, 32, recalled: "Kevin looked me in the eye and with a dead straight face he told me, 'I want you to leave this little club to come and sign for the big club down the road'.

"When I grinned he said I might think he was joking now but if I didn't sign I'd regret it when I saw how big Fulham were going to become in the next few years.

"I'd played in the Premiership with QPR for a long time so I wasn't that fussed on the idea of leaving to join a Second Division club.

"But Kevin can be very persuasive and he did a great job of selling the club to me. His enthusiasm was very infectious and when I thought about it a bit more I was disappointed that QPR were actually prepared to let me go.

"I decided to take a gamble and it has paid off big time. I'm back in the Premiership and about to play in the FA Cup quarter-finals."

Brevett, who cost just £325,000 four years ago, is likely to captain Fulham in tomorrow's last-eight showdown at West Brom.

The ever-reliable full-back took over the captaincy when Andy Melville was dropped after a few poor results, much to his own surprise.

Brevett said: "The first time I captained the team was in the FA Cup tie at Walsall and Jean Tigana didn't give me a clue.

"He just pinned the teamsheet up on the wall and there was a 'C' next to my name.

"I suppose seeing me lead the team out must have surprised a few people. I was being written off when Fulham signed Jon Harley from Chelsea in the summer.

"But I did the only thing you can do in those circumstances - work your socks off."

Fulham have lost their last four matches and Brevett accepts they could even start as underdogs at The Hawthorns.

He added: "I think it's a sign of how far we've progressed that people outside the club are actually calling it a crisis because we've lost four in a row.

"We don't like losing one game never mind four. It's the first time it's happened since I've been at Fulham and we're determined to stop the slide."